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A Society Stemmed from the Depths of Hell

  Without Dante Alighieri, there would be no John Milton, Stephen King, Troma Studios or our Christian concept of the hereafter. Written over 700 years ago, his masterpiece, “The Divine Comedy” _ made up of three individual books: “Inferno,” “Pergatorio” and “Paradiso” _  changed an entire society’s outlook on the afterlife and still endures in […]

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Kevin Killian Gets Wide Open On His New Book: “Spreadeagle”

  “Spreadeagle”, by Kevin Killian, is a double header with two distinctive stories about two very different sets of characters. Part I, “Extreme Remedies,” follows the life of self-promoting and often-pompous fiction writer Daniel Isham, who is well-known for writing the “Rick and Dick” series, poppy and comical books about two gay men, which are […]

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Everything’s for Sale

Trusting one’s fellow man seems to be a scarce commodity these days. The thought of leaving your house unlocked or your car windows down becomes more and more of a ridiculous idea — especially in urban environments — as our civilization becomes more corrupt. For fear of violent youths we install metal detectors and cameras […]

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The Lament of the “Autumn People”

The presence of a legendary writer has a certain undeniable gravitational force. It attracts, and sometimes repels, but always creates its own orbit. This is equally true when one leaves us. Since the passing of the great teller of tales, cosmic vibrations — in a silent and pandemic way — have been altering irrevocably those […]

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Where Wild Hipsters Are

Chicago is on red alert, watching for the invasive, threatening species hipsanicus freshicus commonly referred to as Hipsters. Only months ago the international science community released a dismissive report that denied the official existence of these creatures. We independent researchers will not be so easily swayed, as it cannot be denied that Hipsters emerge like […]

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BART’s for Bums

In the morning, the platform — down inside the Civic Center station of the Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) in San Francisco — is quiet save the buzzing of a loud overhead speaker spouting out a muffled announcement about a delay in the BART system. Though the odor of urine plagues the air, it isn’t […]

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The Human Centipede ll: Full Sequence (2011)

Never would one think a movie would come along to make you see the first “Human Centipede” as delivering its content with a soft and calculating hand. It had a sense of subtlety and grace to it. Well one would be wrong. If the first was a sledgehammer to the face, “Full Sequence” is a […]

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Total Recall (2012)

Starring Colin Farrell (“In Bruges,” “S.W.A.T.”), Kate Beckinsale (“Underworld,” “Vacancy”), Bryan Cranston (“Breaking Bad”) and Jessica Biel (“The A-Team,” “The Texas Chainsaw Massacre”). Set in 2084 after the majority of Earth has been ravaged by war and has become totally uninhabitable — with the exception of London, now called “The United Federation of Britain” and […]

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Everyone Loves the Sideshow

Step right up! Come one, come all! See the amazing bearded woman! Marvel at the fire-eating man! Be shocked by the two-ton woman! The call of the sideshow is something we all know from old television shows, movies and books. A small, traveling run of carnival freaks and creeps stopping in city after city, calling […]